I'm reading this guide that describes how to install the statistical language R on Termux. My installation journey is briefly outlined below.

I need to determine why nothing happens at Step #2 below. Anybody have an idea?

Step 1: Add the its-pointless package repository

I copy/paste the following text to Termux, hit enter, and the console spits confirmation text, and it appears everything works fine.

pkg install curl gnupg
mkdir -p "$PREFIX/etc/apt/sources.list.d/"
echo "deb https://its-pointless.github.io/files/ termux extras" > "$PREFIX/etc/apt/sources.list.d/pointless.list"
curl "https://its-pointless.github.io/pointless.gpg" | apt-key add

Step 2: Install required .deb packages

I then copy/paste the following code block to Termux, hit Enter on the keyboard, and nothing is output to the console. It appears nothing has happened. I try to copy/paste each line individually, pkg install r-base then pkg install make, etc., but nothing is output to the console and nothing happens.

pkg install r-base \
            make \
            clang \
            gcc-7 \
            libgfortran \
            openssl-dev \
            libcurl-dev \
            libicu-dev \

Step 3: Configure your compiler with its-pointless script

If I can make it this far I'll simply copy/paste the following directly into Termux.


Step 4-6: ...see the rest of the guide if you wish

So yeah, I need to figure why nothing happens at step #2 and I can't proceed any further with the install. Maybe I need to change directories at some point? Funny enough, even when I did a basic command such as ls nothing was printed to my console. Is there some permissions I need to change?

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    Are you sure are connected to internet (use ping)? Did you try "apt install" or "apt update" or reinstalling Termux? – Irfan Latif Nov 21 '18 at 12:15
  • I was using a demo unit at BestBuy. Now that I think about it, the demo software probably prevents this type of thing??? Although I was able to install Termux from the play store. It surprised me I was able to install stuff on a demo unit. – stackinator Nov 21 '18 at 12:41
  • Sorry I have no experience with demo package or whatever language you are trying to install. I know about general usage problems of Termux or Linux package managers. – Irfan Latif Nov 24 '18 at 20:09

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